Book :: Animal Farm

Animal Farm
By: George Orwell
Pages: 112
Published: 1945
Genre(s): Fantasy
Rating: (45)


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The animals of Manor Farm have revolted and taken over. Upon the death of Old Major, pigs Snowball and Napoleon lead a revolt against Mr. Jones, driving him from the farm. The animals embrace the Seven Commandments of Animalism and life carries on, but they learn that a farm ruled by animals looks more human than ever. Intended as a critique of Stalinist-era Russia, Orwell’ s satirical novella...

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Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

Animals take over the farm. It gets very interesting how they manage to do that, becoming like our society. Actually, it's a political allegory. Anyone not realizing that point can still enjoy the story for its humour and ingenious story line.

Oct 14th, 2019

Ninett Ninett

May 5th, 2019

JesusCage JesusCage

Jan 7th, 2019

forline forline

Read in 8th grade and again with each of my 8th grade children!

Jan 4th, 2018

Murfville Murfville

Aug 27th, 2017

Spooky Spooky

I was not a fan of this particular novel. I understand the meaning behind it, but there was just something about it that I found rather off-putting in its delivery.

Apr 30th, 2017

Portia Portia

Mar 10th, 2017

haleymotl haleymotl

Dec 30th, 2016

InfuriatinglyRed InfuriatinglyRed

Jun 2nd, 2016

Aaron Sztrakoniczky Aaron Sztrakoniczky

Orwell is an artist, a really great metaphor.

Jun 1st, 2016

Alea Alea

I disliked this book, however I love the idea of conspiracy within it. For me the portrayal of capitalism and communism through animals wasn't the best way to show it.

Jul 7th, 2015


Jun 8th, 2015

bryanoz bryanoz

Jun 5th, 2015

Nigelyul Nigelyul

Another great Orwell book that tackles near-realistic and frightening possibility of our society and also of it's hints of the dangers of our current community.

Apr 12th, 2015

funkygman007 funkygman007

Mar 11th, 2015

HimePanic HimePanic

Very interesting! Really puts the Russian Revolution and such in perspective.

Mar 10th, 2015

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Feb 27th, 2014


I'm sure I'd appreciate more if I had all the historical background. Still worth picking up.

Dec 23rd, 2013

red13x red13x

Very clever book, the irony and satire had me laughing and shaking my head in disbelief throughout. Recommended read.

Dec 4th, 2013

Tejas Nair Tejas Nair

With one of the most conclusive story, Animal Farm is a satirical masterpiece whose principles & ideologies are still eminent in the "now" world. Great novel! / 21 June 2020: Much like I read The Catcher in the Rye every year, I think I have to start reading Animal Farm every year too for its brilliant satire on communist politics that is extremely humorous should not be missed especially when the world I am living in is slowly treading towards that same ideology of fascism and authoritarianism. 2nd read, still fantastic! TN.

Nov 20th, 2013


Brilliant book. It'll make you think. If you like to think read this book... If you don't like to think go do something else.

Nov 17th, 2013

che che

Aug 29th, 2013

Applejack Applejack

A brilliantly creative satire, Orwell entertains and educates simultaneously. Thought provoking and comical, this story sends a brilliant message about government and the struggle for control, through deceit and manipulation.

Aug 28th, 2013

dann dann

such a thoughtful, creative book.

Aug 21st, 2013

mlafrt mlafrt

A must read(also view the animated version)

Aug 16th, 2013

bdunk23 bdunk23

hence the phrase "nazi pig"

Jul 30th, 2013

Keith Keith

Jul 30th, 2013

Apollyon_ Apollyon_

Apr 2nd, 2013

fiolds fiolds

Mar 30th, 2013

Fflwff Stwff Fflwff Stwff

A piercing social commentary, Orwell's satirical form truly shows the farce of Stalinist Russia and explains history very cleverly. A fantastic read, I would recommend it to anyone.

Mar 22nd, 2013

mike8743 mike8743

Mar 10th, 2013

dovahPEAR dovahPEAR

It felt like a rant. I think it was a very important topic, and a neat approach. I appreciate it as a technical piece but the symbolism felt forced and it drew from my appreciation for it as a story.

Mar 1st, 2013

matthewrparks matthewrparks

This makes the parables and allegories of the Bible look like child's play. Genius.

Feb 25th, 2013

jdbosel jdbosel

Deep into World War 2, George Orwell created Animal Farm, an allegory for Stalin's governing of communist Russia. As Russia was an allied force at the time, Animal Farm was rejected by Britain's Ministry of Information so the publishing wouldn't upset one of the leaders of a nation fighting against Hitler (although it later became known that Orwell was pretty spot on with his story.) Animal Farm deals with an uprising of the working class against their ruler that then attempts to create a utopia for the animals on the farm. The socio-political commentary Orwell weaves into his deceptively simple storytelling takes a weighty subject and makes it approachable. This book is a fantastic read for those looking to get an intriguing perspective on the nature of the political machinations and the effects that dictatorship has on a society.

Feb 15th, 2013

vicky116 vicky116

My perception of humanity altered after reading this.

Feb 11th, 2013

Animal Farm appears on these lists...

31st on 100 Best Novels by Modern Library

17th on Rival 100 Best Novels by Radcliffe

41st on Books You Can't Live Without by The Guardian

46th on The Big Read by BBC

3rd on Books of the Century by Waterstone

61st on Top 100 Books by Newsweek

13th on 100 Books of the Past Century by Koen Books